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  1. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    Living in London..... 😱 Although.. I suspect some waterways in/near central London can feel quite calming. But I still wouldn't moor there.
  2. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    The correct way is always to go and look. A Hudson, Colecraft etc can be overpriced at new, so obviously when people sell on, they think they're going to get a good return, which is certainly not always the case. In-fact in my experience, as I keep pointing out, name means nothing after its sailed for the first time. Its only worth what someone will pay for it and looking, there are plenty of nice boats around, built by known and indeed unknown builders. Plus perceived high end builders are only put there by a reasonably small section of the boating public. The actual boat building side of the trade (hull builders), can have a very different view, which in some cases is based on good solid build information and not just competitor 'bashing'.
  3. 70liveaboard

    Decline of the canals through abuse and neglect

    Yeah, I know. We've been told that many times. You never know though.
  4. 70liveaboard

    Decline of the canals through abuse and neglect

    I can't see them falling into a state of 'unusable', and we wouldn't be around then, if they did. But it is fair to say, they have done some great work in places, thinking really Rochdale Canal, Caledonian etc. (not done the Caledonian). I think there has to be a real rethink in funding and salaries to top end people. If we did lose our system, then shame on whoever let that happen. And when I say 'they have done some great work' I mean people in general, not just trusts etc.
  5. Been on some builders boats for years, just not mandatory, but yes a good idea at last to have them made 'the norm'..
  6. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    Yeah, people have choices. But both the Merc and the Lexus/Toyota depreciated like bricks. Whereas a Ford holds its price well. Merc say = Colecraft, Lexus say = Hudson.. General publics perception of car and quality, not the boats, there for example. Ford = Liverpool (maybe) That is why ranking boatbuilders is just silly. For every person there will be a different outcome. A ardent Liverpool boat owner, will want them high in the list. Same as a Colecraft owner or Hudson or whoever. For me, I like affordable ownership, that is why generally, I would choose something other than the perceived high end builders.
  7. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    I know.
  8. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    Here come the back slappers again. Even the OP caught onto that reasonably early.. Anyway. I had a Merc back in the day. Also had a Lexus soon after. The Lexus was better. But again that is personal pref isn't it. Should add I am really a Jag fan, they are lovely cars, well the older ones were. Lots of issues though. But nowadays anything will do, even a Ford.
  9. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    Colecraft a touch older 4yrs around the same price, but with a better engine. I know which boat has held its price better and always will. (The Liverpool one) https://narrowboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat.phtml?id=576068 But they're both nice boats, just a matter of taste and pref. For me ownership cost wise, Liverpool 55. Others will choose Colecraft based on the heritage etc. It's all down to personal pref really.
  10. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    Not asking you or indeed anyone to touch it with anything.. Just showing that Liverpool and other builders from Liverpool area, build good boats that hold a price.
  11. 70liveaboard

    Your home while you're on the cut...

    We have a house in Wales, but that one is in a valley not on the tops, although still fairly high up. It has a 1000ltr tank we top up once a year (oil). Leaving it for long periods empty, we leave the heating set to 12c. But in September we haven't ever really had very cold weather in there, apart from nights which could go down to 4-5c. Our boiler is a commercial boiler though and in a seperate part from the main house itself, so not really any problem if something goes wrong boiler side (thinking more water wise).. We love it there, when we go.
  12. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    https://www.apolloduck.co.uk/boat.phtml?id=577842 I've seen better too from Liverpool Boats. And price wise doing well for a 2004.
  13. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    Good, take some pics whilst your out there, I'll get the popcorn in..
  14. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    What style is that ? And yes, the things I said 'is' my advice. The OP will not find a boat without getting out there and talking face to face with people. Plus know what the budget is, it started at £30k I posted about that. Went to £44k, I gave my opinion on that too. He is onto spreadsheets now, that leaves me behind.
  15. 70liveaboard

    Rank these boat builders!

    Sorry, but you haven't followed any of the previous posts I have made for this particular OP. Did you read my responce to the other thread he made regards a 60ft ? It would be better to read prior to assuming and no, I don't boast anything, just practical when it comes to boats, well and many other things in life.
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